The provision of the Voting Rights Act that states which jurisdictions must get federal permission for changes to their voting standards was struck down on Tuesday by a divided Supreme Court. The overall law remains in tact, but will require Congressional action for pre-clearance to happen.
The Court heard the second of two cases regarding same-sex marriage this week. Legal scholar Emily Bazelon says the Justices' comments indicate that the Court could strike down the law which prevents legally married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits.
Tuesday's Republican primary election will be another chance for the party's conservative wing to take aim at its more moderate branch. Conservative Richard Mourdock is challenging incumbent moderate Richard Lugar -- and Mourdock has a 10-point lead according to the latest polls.
The Supreme Court begins a new term today, facing a list of cases with several dominant themes: personal privacy, the rights of corporations, and just how far First Amendment protection extends when offensive speech is involved.
We look at what's happening on Capitol Hill this week. Outside the beltway, this week marks the start of earnings season. Investors will be watching closely to see if the economy is on the road to recovery or headed for a double-dip recession.
For further analysis on Elena Kagan's first day of questioning, we talk with Annette Gordon-Reed, professor of law at New York Law School. She will be joining the faculty of Harvard Law School as of Thursday.
In her first day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan had a nearly 20-minute back-and-forth debate with ranking Republican Senator Jeff Sessions. Todd Zwillich, who was in the Senate chamber recaps.
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